A few weeks ago, I posted about how I’ve not reached my blogging goals in 2015 and how that made me feel preeeeeeetty terrible.
My growth has been pants over the past year! My following has barely budged and I feel like I’ve hit a bit of a wall with my page views – they’ve been flat for the past few months!
A lot of it was my own fault. You see, I didn’t care for a bit.
I had an amazing summer, I saw my friends loads, went to many events and went on holiday to Cyprus for two weeka. I put blogging on the back burner and just focused on creating content. Which isn’t something I regret – because I’ve had so much fun! Truth is, the blogging monster was getting me down and I had been putting too much pressure on myself, I needed a bit of time to have fun rather than spending ALL of my free time blogging.
I played video games. I watched TV. I caught up with YouTube. I read books.
Since then, I’ve had a massive boost in motivation and I’ve been working my ass of to try and grow my following across a few platforms, but mainly Twitter and Bloglovin’ (I’ve also been dabbling in Pinterest, but that’s all new to me!).
I must admit that I do put most importance on Twitter, because I often find Tweeting posts a fantastic way to get more views. Since I’ve started changing the way I use Twitter, 50% of my traffic is coming from it! I’ll be writing a post about how I basically quadrupled my traffic from Twitter next week.
I don’t find Bloglovin’ great for traffic, but because I was so close to 2000 followers (only 50 away), I wanted to hit that number before the end of the year – mainly for vanity reasons! It’s nice to have a decent amount of followers on there, but I’ve faced the fact that Bloglovin’ is never going to translate into page views for me!
Here’s some of the things I’ve been doing different which have seen an increase in Bloglovin followers for me over the past couple of weeks.
When I do this, I find I get around 5-10 new Bloglovin followers a day, which is amazing seeing as my Bloglovin growth had pretty much halted!
What I did differently.
When I was writing my post about not hitting my blog goals – it made me realise some of the mistakes I had been making. It all comes down to priorities, really.
When you’re a blogger, you have A MILLION things you could be doing to work on your blog. Be it writing blog posts, editing photos, managing emails, creating spreadsheets for your stats, commenting on blogs, optimising images for Pinterest, social media…
A bloggers work is never really done and we have to learn to prioritise our daily tasks so we are keeping our blogs going alongside real life.
I’ve switched up my priorities a little, making sure I do a few tasks each day or week that bring me results.
Not everything works for everyone and I encourage you to experiment with different ways to grow your blog until you find something that brings you the results you want.
How I got more Followers on Bloglovin.
I seriously have invested zero time in Bloglovin’ this year. I would log on every so often to see if anyone have saved any posts, but apart from that, zilch.
As you can see from the graph, I wasn’t growing my followers AT ALL until I started making these changes at the start of December.
I think the most frustrating thing about Bloglovin for me is how even though I had almost 2ooo followers, I was only getting about 10 referrals from Bloglovin’ a day.
I’ve been blogging three years, so I understand that I probably have a lot of followers with inactive accounts, some have just followed for competitions, some have just followed because they want me to follow back – which is why I’ve not put much importance in Bloglovin’. Until now.
Growing my Bloglovin’ number was actually simple and I’m kind of frustrated I didn’t think of it before. Doing these things only took around 15-30 minutes a day, depending on which blogs I visited and how long their posts were.
Tip Number 1:
This is something I do daily:
I look through the followers of blogs I love, pick out 10 that seem like blogs I would like to read and then follow them.
Next, I scroll through my feed – which is now full of new blogs – and click 5 blog posts that catch me attention from their title or photo. I read the post and leave a good comment.
While it might seem spammy to follow 10 blogs a day, the purpose of it is to keep my Bloglovin feed fresh, so now when I select my 5 posts to comment on, there’s always loads of choice to ensure I’m picking posts that interest me.
Tip Number 2:
Something I do when I have time, maybe once a week for an hour.
I would find new blogs I’d never heard of before that I seemed interesting – either from Twitter or through the comment section of the blogs I love. I would then read their blog, leave them a comment and follow them on Bloglovin.
Again – following them on Bloglovin’ means my Bloglovin’ feed now has new content in, and even though I don’t use my Bloglovin’ feed on a daily basis, I will scroll through from time to time and click on blog posts that seem interesting.
I also found that I was getting two results from this – 1) bloggers were following me back, or even better, 2) they were visiting me and leaving me comments. I’ve also seen an increase in traffic from Bloglovin, nothing to shout home about, but an extra 5-10 click throughs a day.
It’s the commenting here that’s key – if you’re just following loads of blogs but not engaging, you might get some followers back, but they’re unlikely to engage with you or even read your blog.
If you’re a regular commenter on my blog, you’ll know that if you leave me a comment, I will visit you and leave you a comment too. This basically means I start to have a thing with these new bloggers. A THING WITH BLOGGERS IS GOOD.
This means I’m getting new bloggers coming back to commenting and I’m building relationships with them along the way. Which is pretty much the way I’ve built relationships with a lot of the bloggers I now class as friends – some who I even speak to daily and have met up with in real life, some who I speak to privately about what’s going on in our lives. It’s nice.
OH BLOG FRIENDS!
So, I challenge you to set yourself daily tasks, just like I’ve been doing over the past couple of weeks:
- Follow 10 new blogs a day.
- Comment on 5-10 new blogs a day.
I would love to hear what results you get from this!
Do you have any tips for Bloglovin?